Singaporean athletes you should know that are not Joseph Schooling or Soh Rui Yong
First up on our list is 12-year-old racing sensation Christian Ho. Christian tried go-karting at a tender age of 7 on a family holiday and was hooked on it, turning competitive when he was only 9!
Earlier this year, he became the first Singaporean to win a World Series Karting heats race and has emerged as the top-ranked driver in Asia and top 15 in the world for his age group! His dream is of… course one day to reach F1 level.
Christian is now based in Milan where he gets to compete and train alongside some of the world’s best youth racers. Don’t take your eyes off him!
Yeo Jia Min
Shuttler Yeo Jia Min got on the headlines this month when she won women’s single top seed Akane Yamaguchi in the second round of the Badminton World Championships 2019.
20-year-old Yeo managed to go all the way till the quarter-finals before being ousted - the best ever performance by a Singaporean shuttler in the women’s competition of the World Championships. With her performance, Yeo has reached a career high ranking of world number 28 as of August 27!
All eyes will be on her as she heads to the SEA Games next where she will definitely be eyeing a medal!
If you play golf, it’s almost certain that you know this local golfer - Abdul Hadi. Hadi was part of the quartert who won silver at the 2015 SEA Games and has only turned professional at the start of this year.
A few months after turning professional, Hadi has already been causing a stir - winning the PGA Tour Series (China) First Global Qualifying Tournament to earn the only full card available. The full card will allow him to play in all 14 tournaments in the PGA Tour Series China!
"I'm just really happy to have secured 14 events in China because, sometimes in your first year as a pro, you are not sure what events you can get into," said Hadi.
Sailor Griselda is no newcomer at the Olympics, having made her Olympic debut in 2016 with Sara Tan in the 49er FX Class. Finishing 15th, they were also the top Asian performer for that category. But, she definitely wants more.
This time round, she has a new partner in Olivia Chen and they have been training around the globe in preparation for Tokyo 2020. They have had multiple setbacks thus far including (unsurprisingly) close-to-zero bank accounts and their car breaking down in the middle of nowhere but this gritty pair has proven to be very resilient!
Thankfully, earlier this year, DBS had stepped in with a six-figure sponsorship which will help to keep the pair focused on their training!